‘Dangerous’ opioid seized by police following search of Georgina home

Two people have been charged after police allegedly seized a ‘dangerous’ opioid during a search of a Georgina home.

According to the York Regional Police, investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Spring Road Thursday (Nov. 19) and reportedly uncovered 1.5 grams of carfentanil.

“Investigators believe that more of the dangerous drug was trafficked into the community prior to the warrant execution,” reads a media release.

Tyler Reid, 20, of Georgina faces charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking – carfentanil; breach of probation and possession of counterfeit money.

Catherine Reid, 56, of Georgina has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

“Carfentanil is suspected to be 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It is most commonly used by veterinarians as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and bears and is lethal if consumed by humans. Exposure to minute amounts of carfentanil, as little as a grain of salt, or two milligrams of powder may be fatal whether ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin,” reads a media release.

“Recreational drug users who ingest, inject or smoke any powdered-form drug must be aware that carfentanil can be found mixed with other drugs. It cannot be detected and can cause a fatal overdose. Cross contamination can also cause fatalities if the drug is present on an item or surface.  All powered-form drugs should be handled with caution and treated with the possibility that carfentanil may be present.”

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